Revelations: Ami Ellis, co-chef-proprietor, the Bailiwick, Egham, Surrey

08 October 2021
Revelations: Ami Ellis, co-chef-proprietor, the Bailiwick, Egham, Surrey

What was your best subject at school?

Art, graphic design and business studies

What do you do to relax?

I love to draw

Which is your favourite restaurant?

Core by Clare Smyth

What's your favourite hotel?

The Pheasant hotel in Harome, North Yorkshire – it was where I had my first job as a waitress and I still love it

What is your favourite drink?

Orange juice, coffee or spiced rum and ginger ale

Which ingredient do you hate the most?

I hate ketchup

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with?

Peanuts or nuts – I am allergic. If I feel a certain dish needs a nutty flavour or texture, I experiment with seeds and burnt butter to get my desired taste

What flavour combinations do you detest?

I don't really like savoury flavoured ice-creams or when ice-creams are used in starters

What do you always carry with you?

A Sharpie and a sarcastic comment

Which person in catering have you most admired? Clare Smyth

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration?

Steven Ellis, my husband and co-chef proprietor

If you had not gone into catering, where do you think you would be now?

Trying to make it as a full-time artist

Describe your ultimate nightmare?

Losing control

When and where was your last holiday?

What is a holiday?

What irritates you most about the industry?

Guests not showing up for a booking

What's your favourite film?

Gladiator or The Shawshank Redemption

If you had more time, what would you do?

Visit home, in South Shields, spend time with my mam and dad, see my grandparents, my sister and my nephews and niece

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